"We knew this game was important to Cory, for him and our team to play well here," said Canucks forward Daniel Sedin. "He was great out there."
But perhaps the big redhead's most critical save came just after Boston's sixth power play opportunity ended with about 11 minutes remaining. With the home team continuing to apply heavy pressure, Schneider flung himself across the crease and negated Patrice Bergeron's one-timer at the near post with a key pad save.
"He never had the opportunity to play in front of his friends and family," Vancouver head coach Alain Vigneault remarked, "and we thought after analyzing not just that, there were other areas to analyze, but we just thought that he'd give us a good game. He obviously played well for us (Saturday)."
Schneider is, if nothing else, the embodiment of cool in a profession known for its quirky personalities and fragile egos (see Luongo, Roberto). The highs are quickly brought back to reality; the lows stay down for the most miniscule of fragments before they're forgotten for good.
A win, plain and simple, in his first start back home as an NHL goalkeeper was plenty for Schneider.
"(The Bruins are) an unbelievable team, and they've been playing the best hockey in the league for most of the year," he said, "so I think for us, as a team in the big picture of things, to come in here on the road and get a game from them is really important to us."
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Phil Stacey is the sports editor of The Salem News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 978-338-2650 and follow him on Twitter at PhilStacey_SN.